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A note from IBM's VP of Global Citizenship Initiatives

Dear Bluemixathon rescuers and recoverers,

Thank you for participating in Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery.  

It should come as no surprise that IBM is sponsoring a contest to encourage developers to build apps that help during times of disaster. For decades, IBM has responded to major disasters in the communities in which we live, work and do business. With the Bluemixathon, we want to enable you to apply your creativity and skills in advancing the tools for disaster assistance, using Bluemix services.

From the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, to Africa’s recent Ebola crisis, IBM has responded with people, resources, and technology to rebuild local communities and improve action plans for future disasters. Because we recognize that no single company, entity, or industry sector can address the planet’s biggest problems alone, IBM seeks out and forges the essential partnerships required to effect positive, transformative change.  

With the Bluemixathon, we’re partnering with you, the software developer, to help build the next wave of apps that will address current hindrances to disaster relief and recovery. We encourage you to invite your fellow developers to participate in this contest; the more innovators we have focused on these crucial issues, the stronger the impact from the resulting solutions.

You can read more about how IBM upholds its corporate citizenship here.

Thank you, and good luck!

Diane Melley

Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives